Father relieved suspect arrested in daughter's rape
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Eastern Kanawha County father is relieved to know authorities have arrested a suspect in the kidnapping and rape of his 13-year-old daughter.
Bradley Price, 34, of Aarons Fork Road in Elkview, turned himself in Wednesday.
Police began searching for him April 11, the day after he is said to have abducted the girl from Charleston's West Side. Warrants charging him with kidnapping and two counts of first-degree sexual assault were issued that day.
The girl's father, who asked that his name not be used, said he was glad Price had turned himself in.
"I want him to be in there forever so that he can't do anything like this to anyone else's kids or my daughter ever again," he said in a telephone interview.
The girl's mother called Price a predator.
"I'm glad he turned himself in," she said. "That's one more predator off the street. He won't be able to hurt no more children. He was seeking for someone when he found my daughter."
The father said his daughter is doing better but has "kind of shut down," and he believes she is trying to erase the memories of that day. He and his wife are working to get counseling for her.
The girl left her friend's home about 8 p.m. April 10 and was approaching the bus stop near Central Avenue and Russell Street when Price pulled up beside her and rolled down his window. She told the police she did not know him and kept walking.
Price then jumped out of the car and approached her on the sidewalk. She told officers he grabbed her arm, and told her, "If you don't get in the car, I will hurt you," according to a complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Fearing for her safety, the girl got into the car, police said.
Price still was working for a local pizzeria and told her his shift was over at 1 a.m. She said he told her she would ride with him until his shift was over and said, "It's okay. I'm only 21," the complaint said.
After his shift, he told her they were going to "Granny's" house, but they drove north on Interstate 79 to his home. She said he went there to give his children medicine and left her alone in the car.
Price returned five minutes later and drove her to the Knights Inn motel in Kanawha City, where he sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint.
She was able to get to the front desk and call her father the morning after the assault. Police said Price fled the scene shortly after the victim's father arrived.
The girl's father did not file a police report the night before, when she failed to come home, because he believed she was at a friend's house. A police report was filed immediately following the teen's call from the motel.
Price is being held at South Central Regional Jail without bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. April 24.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4850.